Playing with yarn

My yarn stash never seems to recede and I keep seeing exciting new varieties in the shops but being the good girl that I am, I refuse to purchase any more until I used at least half of what I have!

I had an idea 💡

Extreme knitting

Extreme knitting

 

Back in March I had the opportunity to try extreme knitting – using several strands of bulky yarn and very large needles. Naturally I wanted to give it a try myself but needed to find a way without using long needles.

I've got the hang of it

I’ve got the hang of it

These needles were not for me, I would end up bruising myself so I finally found a solution!

My KnitPro cable needles.

interchangable needles

interchangable needlesK

Once I had that sorted in my head it was a matter of choosing the yarn.  There were oddments of ‘hairy’ and ‘knobbely’ yarns begging to be used  so sorting through them I chose eight and rolled them into one large ball. I repeated the exercise several times more using different colourways.

eight strands per ball

eight strands per ball

New knitting project

New knitting project

This is where I am at the moment. really relaxing and it saves my sanity when My eye objects to any more reading.

What will it be? Who knows. A cushion cover perhaps, a knee rug or even a back warmer! I’ll let you know when I finish the yarn!

25 thoughts on “Playing with yarn

    1. Grannymar Post author

      karen, I felt like one of them, that piece was very heavy and I only did half a row.

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  1. cedar51

    this i similar to one of our sale items that i created a number of years ago now known as All Ballsed Up….wound on a ball winder so has a centre pull…

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  2. colonialist

    You seem to have solved a weighty problem.
    *excitedly* Hey, I also play with yarns! I spin them, and try and put lots of turns and twists and a good pattern into them. They do tie me up in knots occasionally, though! 🙂

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  3. wisewebwoman

    I was thinking on your first project above that a hassock would be wonderful stuffed with old clothes and socks, etc. Or a footstool cover. Possibilities are endless. You’re wearing a jacket in the house, LOL! Same out here on the Edge. 10C today, had the fire going 🙂
    XO
    WWW

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    1. Grannymar Post author

      WWW, the first photos were taken last March at Parlour Yarns in Carrickfergus and not at home, thus the jacket. The work was in a basket inviting customers to add a few stitches or rows. It was so heavy, I needed to sit down and asked Jane to take a photo so I could blog about it.My piece, though heavier than anything I have done before, was much lighter than the Grey.

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    1. Grannymar Post author

      Ramana, your comment has given me an idea for a post on crafts … maybe next weeks.

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  4. mybeautfulthings

    I love my interchangeable needles too. This is a brilliant way to use up your stash. Mine is slowly shrinking as I knit Twiddle-muffs but then I go and buy more to add to the textures! The colour mixes you have made are lovely. I shall look forward to seeing what it becomes. 🙂

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    1. Grannymar Post author

      Sally, I bought one set, and Elly added the multipack to my christmas stocking a couple of years ago. I could if required, join several cables and make the line long enough to knit a blanket!! This way the major weight in on the cable and not on a needle in my hands!

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    1. Grannymar Post author

      Dianne, I hope it gave you inspiration … for when you are pain free again!

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